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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 13 December 1943, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 29 January 1944
Commissioned USS LST-730, 31 March 1944, ENS. William F. Adams, USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-730 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
LST Group One Hundred Ten, LCDR. C. Alexander;
LST Division Two Hundred-Nineteen
Following World War II USS LST-730 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 8 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 December 1947, to the Learner Co., Oakland, CA.
|9 to 28 September 1945
|16 October to 8 November 1945
|27 December 1945 to 2 March 1946
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
limiting 11' 2"
maximum navigation 14' 1"
Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
12 single 20MM gun mounts
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 1,700shp
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||USS LST-730 in bound to San Francisco Bay with LCT-1384 on her main deck, circa 1946.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79101, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||ENS. Adams, William Frank, USN||31 March 1944 - 8 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 29 March 2019
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